So proud of board member Lysa Rigo and her Ingram Barge team (Steve Cross and Jaleena Ball) on their IABC Gold Quill Award of Excellence. The Gold Quill Awards program recognizes business communication excellence globally, and is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious awards programs in the industry.
The awards were presented at the Excellence Gala, held on Tuesday, June 13, as part of IABC’s World Conference in Washington, D.C.
In total, IABC has recognized 227 entries as world class, announcing 74 Excellence Awards and 153 Merit Awards. Winners come from all over the world, with 16 countries represented in the winners list. They represent a cross section of public and private sector organizations, both large and small.
“The Gold Quill Awards program celebrates business communication’s best practices and the value professional, strategic communication programs bring to an organization’s bottom line, its brand and its reputation,” said Lynn Barter, ABC, MC, chair of the IABC awards committee. “Each entry is evaluated on its own merits against IABC’s Global Standard of excellence in communication. Winning a Gold Quill recognizes exceptional work, innovation and creativity.
“Gold Quill winners represent a global community executing their responsibilities ethically and to the highest standards of the profession. These exemplary practitioners deliver high-impact results for their organizations and clients, taking communication to the next level.”
For more than 40 years, IABC’s Gold Quill Awards have recognized and awarded excellence in strategic communication worldwide. The Gold Quill Awards honor the dedication, innovation and passion of communicators on a global scale with a focus on achieving solid business outcomes.
Congrats, Lysa and Team! In a few months, they will present their winning program focused on employee engagement. Stay tuned!
See all of the 2017 Gold Quill Winners from around globe!
Under the soaring glass canopy of the Ragsdale Family Grand Lobby at the Noah Liff Opera Center in west Nashville, communications professionals from across Middle Tennessee were honored with gold for their excellence in corporate, government, higher education, and community communications.
“It’s said that opera is the highest form of art because it combines so many elements – complicated orchestrations as well as soaring melodies, vocals, acting, dancing, and set design,” said Tom Kenley, IABC Nashville chapter president. “So, this is an appropriate place to celebrate your award-winning projects and programs, woven together to create communications with impact.”
The evening awards program is an annual opportunity for IABC Nashville to recognize the often-unsung heroes who write, edit, create, and bring to life the many programs, special events, and powerful stories that punctuate life across Middle Tennessee. The chapter is honored to offer a platform to recognize excellence in communications, and celebrate those who turn their ideas into action, and offer hope and celebration.
Award winning WSMV-TV Channel 4 News Investigative Reporter Alanna Autler served as the celebrity host. And in addition, the evening would not have been possible without the generous sponsorships from The Creative Group, a Robert Half Company, and photographer Bernadette Ruby.
Of the 40 communications entries submitted, there were a total of 26 winning entries, 15 awards of excellence, and 11 awards of merit. Judging was handled by IABC chapter members in Tulsa, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, South Carolina, and Kansas City.
IABC Nashville is proud of its tradition in honoring excellence in communications, and providing a platform to those within the professional, who are making a difference in their communities.
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|2017 Music City Gold Pen Award Winners|
|Employee Engagement||HCA IT Healthcare Inspired in Action||Lisa Horak||HCA||Merit|
|Human Resources and Benefits Communication||Military Recruiting Campaign||Jaleena Ball||Ingram Barge Company||Excellence|
|Marketing, Advertising, and Brand Communication||Marine Week||Javier Solano||MP&F Public Relations||Excellence|
|Marketing, Advertising, and Brand Communication||Kirkland’s Christmasland Style Board Blogger Campaign||Aleah Heinlein||MP&F Public Relations||Excellence|
|Marketing, Advertising, and Brand Communication||Middle Tennessee Football ‘Our Town Our Team’||Rob Janson||MTSU||Excellence|
|Marketing, Advertising, and Brand Communication||Connexon Partners and Reliant Bank||Pam Eldridge||Connexon Partners||Merit|
|Customer Relations||Kirkland’s Blogger Partnership Campaign||Angela Argiro||MP&F Public Relations||Merit|
|Media Relations||Marine Week Nashville||Tom Hayden||MP&F Public Relations||Excellence|
|Media Relations||CSX Santa Train||Javier Solano||MP&F Public Relations||Merit|
|Community Relations||Marine Week Nashville||Javier Solano||MP&F Public Relations||Excellence|
|Community Relations||CSX Santa Train||Javier Solano||MP&F Public Relations||Merit|
|Community Relations||nMotion Community Relations||Javier Solano||MP&F Public Relations||Excellence|
|Social Media Programs||Marine Week Nashville||Javier Solano||MP&F Public Relations||Excellence|
|Government Communications Programs||TDOT Learning Network||Jeff Davidson||Tennessee Department of Transportation Human Resources||Merit|
|Government Communications Programs||Marine Week Nashville||Javier Solano||MP&F Public Relations||Merit|
|Communication Research||Marine Week Nashville||Javier Solano||MP&F Public Relations||Excellence|
|Special Events||Marine Week Nashville||Javier Solano||MP&F Public Relations||Excellence|
|Special Events||Bring Your Kids to Work Day||Lysa Rigo||Ingram Barge Company||Excellence|
|Digital Communication||Marine Week Nashville||Javier Solano||MP&F Public Relations||Excellence|
|Digital Communication||The Links Sheros||Genma Holmes||The Links, Inc.||Excellence|
|Audio/Visual||Rich the IT Guy||Mich Michaud||M*Modal||Excellence|
|Audio/Visual||Madagascar World Voice: Alive||Paul Ladd||World Christian Broadcasting||Merit|
|Publications||Marine Week Nashville||Javier Solano||MP&F Public Relations||Excellence|
|Publications||News Beam Rebranding||Lysa Rigo||Ingram Barge Company||Merit|
|Publications||MTSU Magazine||Drew Ruble||MTSU||Merit|
|Publications||The National Programs Manual||Genma Holmes||The Links, Inc.||Merit|
On a continuous basis, IABC Nashville spotlights its diverse members through a Q&A feature. We are pleased to showcase Nicole Miller, senior manager of Public Relations at Asurion.
IABC: What is your background?
Miller: I’ve had a passion for news since I was young, serving as an editor of my high school newspaper and editor-in-chief of the year book. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (go Badgers!), where I majored in Journalism with an emphasis in news writing and public relations. My first job after college was working as a general assignment reporter for a community newspaper in Wisconsin. While there, I learned a lot about what makes a compelling news story and delivering the news under tight deadlines.
IABC: How did you get started in this business?
Miller: I started my PR career at a firm in Milwaukee that specializes in B2B marketing communications. When my main client merged with a national retailer, I was totally bit by the consumer bug and moved to Chicago, where I worked in the consumer PR for a variety of major agencies. I’m a rare PR egg in that I have gained strong experience and expertise in both consumer and B2B PR.
IABC: What is your current position and business affiliation? How long have your been in this role?
Miller: I currently serve as Senior Manager of Public Relations at Asurion, a global leader in technology protection and support, based in Nashville. My role has been evolving since I joined the company a little over a year ago, but ultimately I’ll be focusing on external corporate PR to help elevate awareness of Asurion’s leadership position within the industry and with national business media.
IABC: What makes your business/organization stand out?
Miller: Asurion is the global leader in helping customers enhance their life through their technology through ongoing support and protection. Among our continuous innovation is that we’re hyper focused on disrupting the tech support category with world-class customer experience by providing instant access to tech experts to help solve any tech issue with an Asurion covered device. There’s no waiting on hold, no transfers and a near 100 percent resolution rate in one call or chat.
IABC: If you could describe yourself in three (3) words, what would it be?
Miller: Strategic. Curious. Collaborative.
IABC: Tell something about yourself people would be surprised to learn.
Miller: My husband and I moved to Nashville from Chicago to be closer to our hobby of caving. Tennessee has more than 10,000 caves, and the tri-state region of Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia is a mecca for caving within the United States.
Caving offers a little bit of everything – the beauty and wonder of nature; great physical challenges and an intense teamwork structure. It’s quite common to put your life in your team members’ hands when caving, so trust and team dynamic are vital to the experience.
IABC: What lesson(s) have you learned along the way that you believe has made you a better communications professional?
IABC: What makes an effective communications leader?
IABC: What do you feel is the greatest benefit of IABC?
Miller: I know it’s been said before, but networking and professional development are some of the greatest benefits for me personally.
IABC: What prompted you to join IABC?
Miller: Being new to Nashville, I joined IABC to network and get immersed within the communications community locally. I heard that the Nashville IABC chapter was the most active group for local communications professionals.